Conversations, Emotions

365 Days of Awesomeness

Taking a cue from Neil Pasricha and his blog 1000 Awesome Things, which is so totally cool and funny and delightful, all the happy words. His blog launched a book deal the very next year called “The Book of Awesome”. Read it.

My blog has not received any book deals. 😦

But I’m still hopeful! This is the decade, I can feel it!!!

Anywayyyy… we’re doing this thing that I saw on Facebook that involves a jar and little slips of paper and on the slips we right one awesome thing from our day. The goal is to read these on New Year’s Eve 2021 and see how awesome our year has been.

We are all for positivity on my house. Even the animals have a happy spring in their step. (Okay, Moca has a spring in her step ONLY if she has recently come in from a muddy walk and has a zoomie attack and tears ass around our living room which has WHITE CARPETS! PoBo will have a spring in her step only if she’s trying to get away from Moca, who will only chase PoBo and not Luna. Weird right? Well Luna will slice Moca a new one if she even tried to chase her. And Luna gets a real spring in her step when you open the cabinet containing their food. Luna will come tearing and skidding into the kitchen and twirl around your feet purring. Even if you accidentally bump the cabinet door she will be there faster than a blink.)

So yes, some of us are motivated by food. πŸ™‚

me: Look! I started this jar and we can write down one great thing that happened to us each day. Then, at the end—

Jack: Not gonna happen.

me: Huh? No, look it’s easy, we just—

Jack: I’m already writing stuff in my own notebook.

me: Well then I’ll write my own stuff in THIS jar and read it to myself in 365 days.

(Suddenly I’m feeling less happy)

Jack: Cool.

me: Ok write one thing at least.

Jack: (takes a slip and writes something)

me: Can’t wait to read that one.

Jack: Heh heh.

Any thoughts on what he wrote? Did he call me a Boomer again though I’m clearly not a Boomer??? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Sigh.

Aww remember when I had this little Dude who thought everything we did together was fun!!!???

Food, Holidays

Happy New Year – 2020!

Wow we made it. Jack finished his first full decade. πŸ™‚ Are you all having an amazing first day of the new year? We are low key today and at home hanging out in front of our respective electronic devices haha.

Yesterday we had a fun day with Jack’s girlfriend who got to join us in an hour of escape room antics (we cracked all the codes and claimed the prize with 45 seconds to spare)… then we visited CT’s biggest tree (a sycamore naturally) and finally dined at a haunted restaurant. (Jack swears there’s a ghost up to no good near the men’s bathroom). All in a day’s fun I say!

There were many quotes of the day, some more appropriate to share than others πŸ˜‚

This one cracked me up:

Jack: It’s only 7:07, why are you already crazy??

That’s my boy. We’re headed right into his birthday month. 15 years old soon! Gahhhhh! I can’t believe it … seriously. He’s not sure yet how to celebrate it. We will have to figure it out soon!! Also, I told him to pick anywhere in the world to visit for his 16th birthday. He has no clue. Sigh.

Another funny quote came from me after dinner and after dessert as the kids were goofing around in the car on the way home. Jack was loaded up on shrimp cocktail, oysters, rigatoni ala vodka, and chocolate mousse cake!

me: I think you should stop tickling Jack… he’s about to shart pasta!

Jack: Truer words have not been said. Stoooopppp tickling! Aarrrgghhh!

It was too funny. All in all it was a great last day of the decade. Anytime you can see your kids having a blast with huge smiles on their faces is a good day in my book!

How did you all celebrate the New Year??

Oh and also, yesterday was the 3 rd anniversary of the day we got Moca AND the kittens 2nd birthday! I always thought it was today… πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Here are my favorite pics from the day…

– Biggest tree in CT (Simsbury)

– Blue Back Square in W. Hartford

– Outside the Escape Room in Farmington

– Outside the haunted restaurant (Abigail’s in Simsbury)

How cute are they??

Conversations, School, Uncategorized

Quiz me the way I tell you to quiz me…

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me: How am I supposed to help you study if I can’t read your notes?

Jack: I can read them just fine.

me: The printing is so tiny and all the words run together, plus I’m not able to see writing that smudgy and dark…

Jack: Well, I’ll type up my notes and then it will help me review them, and then you can use that to quiz me.

me: Deal.

Jack: (later) Ok, here are the notes… just quiz me on this stuff.

me: Okay, what is it called when something passes through a membrane.

Jack: Don’t quiz me like that. I don’t know what I wrote.

me: Huh? Well, then what are the two kinds of transport?

Jack: Just read them like questions and don’t assume I know what’s under each bullet!

me: Ummm… Well then… What are the 5 bullet points under Active Transport?

Jack: Aarrrghhh! I don’t know. I didn’t memorize what’s under each thing!

me: How exactly am I quizzing you then? Sheesh.

Jack: It’s easy, just read what I wrote and phrase it in the form of a question. Don’t use “blank”, just use “what”.

me: Okayyyy… WHAT are the two kinds of transport?

Jack: Active and Passive.

me: Dude, it’s the exact same question from two minutes ago.

Jack: Well when you ask me the way I say to ask me, then I know what you’re talking about.

me: Sigh.

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Conversations, Food, Science, Uncategorized

Early to Bed, Early to Rise. And other random comments :)

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Today we volunteered at Al’s Angels. They help families in need throughout CT. We helped box up food for holiday meals. It really felt good to lend a hand. So, needless to say, our day was busy!! (started at 5am…gasp!)

These are some things that you might have heard from us today…if you hung around long enough, or cared to listen…in no particular order.

Jack: I’m taking a Union break.

me: Pause this while I get much needed crackers.

Jack: (after I asked what game he was playing) Just Cause 3. I wasn’t playing, just hovering around in my wing-suit.

me: (talking to friend’s mom) Did you skate today? Ohhh…can you do a triple camel toe, or whatever that’s called?

Jack: I want melted ham goodness.

me: Heat the egg but don’t let it explode.

Jack: No my bed’s not made. I tore it apart looking for my phone.


This was when I was trying to help Jack study his science…

me: What pages should I test you on?

Jack: Just quiz me on these notes.

me: Um… I can’t read this writing Jack, it’s so tiny and messy. Does this say “plague”?

Jack No it doesn’t say plague! Arghh!! If you won’t help me study then how am I supposed to study!??

me: Sigh.

 

 

Conversations, Subaru Confessions

Back to the grind

With the first big holiday over, we are back to the sort of normal routine until Christmas break.

Jack is back at rowing, but indoors in a gym, school is going full force (despite a snow day and delay due to ice), and I’m back at work juggling multiple scenarios involving dental marketing, furry creatures and hormonal teens! Good times!

I’m worsting this post as I hurtle down the tracks on a train headed to NYC. We have a dental trade show going on and I’m working the aisles to drive traffic to our booth.

Jack had his first gym session last night. Needless to say he was sore today. He kinda was in a negative mood and I tried to pull him out of it.

me: Anything exciting going on at school today?

Jack: I have a math test.

me: Hmmm I don’t remember you studying last night.

Jack: I did a review packet, it’s fine.

me: But did you do the whole thing?

Jack: No, just the parts I didn’t know. I didn’t have to do the parts I know.

me: You should still review those parts, it can’t hurt.

Jack: Math sucks.

me: I know but you have to pass it so you just have to do your best.

Jack: I got a 71 on my science test.

me: The one you didn’t study for.

Jack: I thought I knew it.

me: You have to study, it can only help you, it won’t hurt.

Jack: You’re putting me in a bad mood.

me: I don’t mean to.

Jack: Then don’t talk about school on the way to school.

me: There’s this football player, Mike Vick, and he abuses dogs like in dog fights?

Jack: I don’t need to hear this!

me: Yeah I guess you’re right. Either way he’s a jerk.

Jack: I hate school.

me: Well let’s turn your attitude around.

Jack: Not possible. I’m gonna have a bad day.

me: You can make yourself have a great day!

Jack: I can’t.

me: If you tell yourself “I can” you will start to believe it. If you only say I can’t, then that’s what you’ll believe.

Jack: Not true.

me: Remember positIve thinking? The last time you really tried, you got 100’s on your tests. You’re an amazing boy and student.

Jack: All moms have to say that.

me: Only when it’s true. I’m not going to lie to you. You are amazing and when you put your mind to it, you can do anything.

(We pulled up to the school drop off, and I really hoped that I helped turn his mood around)

me: Have a great day!

Jack: You too.

☺️☺️☺️

Not sure if Jack will keep himself positively motivated but all I can do is keep trying!

Here’s a text exchange we had (in photos) when I saw an Instagram post that kinda looked like Jack… Lol, virtual restraining order.

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Conversations, Nostalgia

Fall Weekend Vibes

So I’ve been reading my blog posts from 10 years ago (gasp) and it’s hysterical to read about Jacks antics and my comments like “I can’t wait to see him in high school”, etc. Now Jack is in high school and it seems like yesterday he was riding a bike with training wheels and wondering things like “what if we’re dreaming right now mom” and also wondering what it would be like to be water “you could smash into rocks and not get hurt mom”. Bittersweet it is when your baby gets to 10th grade and has muscles on him that are rock solid from rowing.

I still feel the same (50 is the new 35, right??) yet Jack has changed in every conceivable way. He towers over his grandpa, wears size 12 sneakers, and is thinking about college!!!

Some things haven’t changed… Jack is still a comedian, still snarky, and still has one liners that cut you to the quick. Sigh. And sometimes he’s just plain contrary. Must be a teen thing…. hahahahaha… no teen was ever contrary!!

I tried to give Jack fair warning that we were going to the store. He doesn’t like things that take him away from doing nothing.

me: We’re stopping at the store also on the way home…

Jack: I don’t want to go to the store. Drop me off at home.

me: I can’t, it’s out of the way to do that so you just have to come with me, it won’t take long.

Jack: It always takes long.

me: I promise I just have to grab a few things.

Jack: I’ll wait in the car.

me: For Pete’s sake, is it so terrible to spend 10 minutes in the store with me? You can buy all the things that you need.

Jack: I have everything I need already.

me: Then buy some things that you want.

Jack: I don’t want the things that I want.

me: ?

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See? Pretty much the same kid from 2010 who wrote on his school project that he was most proud when he was with his mom. I have to hold onto those moments!!! πŸ™ƒ

Current view as I write this πŸ™‚ Not a creature was stirring…

Conversations, Subaru Confessions

Fear of… what??

me: Jack finish your apple, you leave so much on the core!

Jack: I have a disproportionate fear of apple cores.

me: What?

Jack: They’re all weird feeling and (he shudders)…

me: I get it. I have a fear of eating even a tiny piece of egg shell. The thought of crunching on that makes me actually nauseous.

Jack: Now that’s not normal.

me: 🀨